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Old 09-14-2002, 07:28 PM   #1
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fortune command not working


ok .. hopefully this is an 'easy' question ....

I want to use the 'fortune' command again, but it doesn't seem to work.

I checked its location, and it's in /usr/games but that's all I knew where to look.

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Old 09-14-2002, 10:58 PM   #2
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At the console, try entering the full path to the executable:

/usr/games/fortune

"/usr/games" is probably not in you path, so just typing "fortune" at the console will return "command not found".

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Old 09-15-2002, 04:58 AM   #3
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thanks!

*grin* how do I get it into my path?

~caldosh
 
Old 09-15-2002, 08:31 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by caldosh
thanks!

*grin* how do I get it into my path?

~caldosh
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/games will add /usr/games to your default path
 
Old 09-15-2002, 09:58 AM   #5
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bingo!

thanks for the help

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Old 09-15-2002, 10:43 AM   #6
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To make it permanent for all users add it to /etc/profile
 
Old 09-15-2002, 02:48 PM   #7
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fortune and strfile ... and how to permanently add them to profile

right .... where and how do I add the fortune path?

and while I'm at it ... how can I make the strfile work? I tried the same 'putting it into my path' (export blabla), but that doesnt' seem to work

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Old 09-24-2002, 05:55 AM   #8
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Add a line
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/games
at the end of your /etc/profile
What do you mean by " how can I make the strfile work?"
 
Old 09-24-2002, 05:30 PM   #9
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Quote:

What do you mean by " how can I make the strfile work?"
like 'fortune', 'strfile' isn't in my path .. but I figured I could just export it like fortune.

thanks though!

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Old 09-24-2002, 06:25 PM   #10
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Here's a fun thing to do with fortune. Add these lines to your .bash_profile:

# If the .signature file exists, delete it

if [ -e $HOME/.signature ]; then
rm $HOME/.signature

fi

# When you log in, print the thought for the day on the console and add
# it to your .signature file for emails.

echo "Today's randomly generated thought:" >> .signature
/usr/games/fortune | tee -a .signature

Fun, fun, fun.

Bert
 
Old 03-08-2003, 03:07 PM   #11
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adding fortune to signature file

Quote:
Originally posted by Bert
Here's a fun thing to do with fortune. Add these lines to your .bash_profile:

# If the .signature file exists, delete it

if [ -e $HOME/.signature ]; then
rm $HOME/.signature

fi

# When you log in, print the thought for the day on the console and add
# it to your .signature file for emails.

echo "Today's randomly generated thought:" >> .signature
/usr/games/fortune | tee -a .signature

Fun, fun, fun.

Bert
I know it has been a long time since my last post, but I still have a question.

Thanks to a friend I've been able to change my distro from RedHat 8.0 to Debian (latest/unstable) ... but the cool signature script isn't working anymore ...

can someone help me?
 
Old 03-08-2003, 03:17 PM   #12
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Do you have /usr/games/fortune? Maybe it has a different location?
 
Old 03-08-2003, 03:26 PM   #13
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Code:
whereis fortune  
fortune: /usr/games/fortune /usr/share/man/man6/fortune.6.gz
running debian testing

maybe its just not installed. how about try a 'apt-get install'?
also, use apt-cache to figure out all the different fortune files you can get. or maybe you dont have permission to run it....
 
Old 03-08-2003, 03:29 PM   #14
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also, maybe fortune cannot find the files.
from the manpage:

Quote:
Note: these are the defaults as defined at compile time.

/usr/share/games/fortunes - Directory for inoffensive fortunes
/usr/share/games/fortunes/off - Directory for offensive fortunes
/usr/local/share/games/fortunes - Local directory for inoffensive for-
tunes
/usr/local/share/games/fortunes/off - Local directory for offensive
fortunes
 
Old 03-08-2003, 03:38 PM   #15
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don't know what I did -- I prolly just forgot to restart X, I think

but my signature file is working beautifully again.

thanks for the help!
 
  


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